My name is Michelle Welling and I am a senior at Sonoma State. I am happy to share my Study Abroad Experience with you and some information about how you can study abroad too!
My motives for studying abroad were similar to the ones that prompted me to become a Seawolf: I wanted to experience part of the world that I hadn’t experienced before. Sonoma State University fostered an ideal student community of involvement and personal development. When I became curious about the possibility of studying abroad, the staff at the Center for International Education offered all the information and support a wild-eyed sophomore thirsty for adventure could need.
I can truly say the time I spent living in London, England changed my life for the better. Living abroad kindled a greater sense of independence and consciousness of different cultures that exist around the world. I developed meaningful friendships with people from all around Europe and created memories that are now some of the highlights of my life thus far – not to mention the ease of travel accessible both on public transport and to destinations outside my host country! After living abroad, there is no doubt that I’ve been infected by the travel bug – hard. Living abroad was such a fantastic experience, it’s what inspired me to work at the Center for International Education (CIE) so that I could offer the same support and guidance to students who want to study some place new.
For students who want to study away, there are some important dates to keep in mind. The priority deadline for National Student Exchange (NSE) and NSE Study Abroad is Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. The final deadline is Mar. 1, 2015. There are also other rapidly approaching deadlines for the CSU International Programs (including a special extended deadline for certain countries!) There are scholarships available for study away opportunities and students should come to the CIE in International Hall to learn more about these scholarships and their deadlines. Students who are looking for more general information regarding study abroad are encouraged to sign up for an information meeting at the CIE.
CIE is also home to the student organization International Education Exchange Council (IEEC). IEEC promotes a community of international and US domestic students who are studying at Sonoma State. IEEC hosts a weekly Coffee & Culture social event on Thursdays from noon-1:00 pm in International Hall, and also has some exciting events planned for the spring.